Truckee Things To Do in Summer

In the scenic and rustic town of Truckee, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible, taking in the surrounding area and Old West-feeling downtown. And good news – Truckee things to do in summer let you commune with nature and celebrate the great outdoors to your heart’s content. Familiarize yourself with the area with a private or self-guided tour. Summertime Truckee activities like hiking and biking trails also let you experience the peaceful setting while getting in a little (or a lot of) exercise as you meander through trails in the valley, mountains or along reservoirs. The state parks in the area offer a wilderness escape where you can take advantage of Truckee things to do in summer like hiking, picnicking or even on mountaineering expeditions.

Truckee things to do in summer months includes organized outdoor activities too. Bike parks are popular in Truckee, so you can practice your jumps or have fun just watching the masters perform their tricks. When you’re in a vibrant town like this one, there’s no reason not to immerse yourself in the community, and a warm weather Truckee activity like a trip to a farmers’ market offers an excellent way to interact with locals and enjoy regionally produced goods. When it’s later in the day, head downtown on Thursday summer evenings for a street fair.

Truckee Things to Do in Summer to Cool Off

If all of this bustle makes you work up a sweat, cool off with a dip in Donner Lake. Truckee things to do in the summer feature a variety of watersports, kayaking, paddleboarding or zipping along in a powerboat. For the thrill seekers, rafting trips get you in the twists and turns of the rapids in the Truckee River. With all of these happenings, you can stay busy as much or as little as you’d like. Check out the listings below to see what Truckee summer activities will fill your visit with excitement.

Summer Activities by Category

Around Tahoe Tours

889 Tahoe Boulevard, Unit C, Incline Village, NV
(775) 345-5966

Around Tahoe Tours is your best bet for getting a true feel and knowledge of the Tahoe area. Created by Chris and Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of their knowledge that began when they moved to the area in 1977. Tours include private tours and group tours, ranging from either one to four people or five to eight people. The tours focus...read more

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Donner Memorial State Park

Truckee Summer Activity
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name is a nod to the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated wagon train in the winter of 1846–47. One part of the forlorn pioneer group made camp near Donner Lake, now site...read more

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Hang Gliding Tahoe

Truckee Summer Activity
2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider (with an FAA-certified instructor...read more

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IRIE Rafting Company

Truckee Summer Activity
12000 Pioneer Trail, Suite # 2, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4900

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow – the Truckee River. And for 25 years IRIE Rafting Company has given visitors a close-up view of the waterway as well as the region's north and middle forks of the American River and the Carson River. For those wanting to stay closer to Truckee, IRIE offers half- and full-day trips on the Truckee River after it flows past...read more

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow – the Truckee River. And for 25 years IRIE...read more

Lost Sauna Co.

310 Carnelian Woods Avenue, Carnelian Bay, CA
(218) 310-4552

After a long day in the mountains, have you ever wished you had a sauna to help restore your aching body? Thanks to Lost Sauna Co., you can have your own personal sauna free of the hassles of owning or setting it up. A full-service rental company, Lost Sauna Co. rents beautifully finished, clean, top-quality sauna units. The entire process is simple. They come to...read more

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Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Truckee Summer Activity
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers...read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty...read more

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Truckee Summer Activity
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3501
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60 years old in the spring of 2021 and was built by the residents of the town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by Truckee...read more
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60...read more

Tahoe Donner Association

Truckee Summer Activity
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to...read more

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Association
Truckee Summer Activity
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a cafe/bar as well as a ski rental center. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 kilometers of trails groomed for skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Alder Creek...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic...read more

Tahoe Donner Golf Course

Tahoe Donner Association
Truckee Summer Activity
12850 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9443

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is its 18-hole championship golf course. What makes this mountain course even more special is that it’s also open to the public. Set on 200 acres of high-elevation, pine-shrouded beauty, the 7002-yard, par 72 course is open from early summer to fall. Tahoe Donner has a driving range and offers group and private lessons from...read more

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is...read more

Tahoe Whitewater Tours

Truckee Summer Activity
10015 Palisades Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5777

If finding some adrenaline fun via flowing rivers is your cup of tea, then you should check out Tahoe Whitewater Tours. A highly reputable company that offers guided trips down Truckee River as well as other rivers that near the Tahoe area, Tahoe Whitewater Tours is gifted in creating a trip that fits the wants and needs of the group. From basic river trips to...read more

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Trout Creek Outfitters

Truckee Summer Activity
10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 563-5119

Trout Creek Outfitters ­– Truckee’s local fly fishing hub – has everything you need to get outfitted and ready for your time on the water. They have a friendly and helpful staff with decades of experience fishing the streams and lakes in the Tahoe Truckee region. With a thoughtfully chosen selection of fly-fishing gear and supplies, Trout Creek is stocked up for the summer. Whether you’re eager to try fly...read more

Trout Creek Outfitters ­– Truckee’s local fly fishing hub – has everything you need to get...read more